The country was poised to have prohibition again, a report said. The Centre was examining a scheme to financially assist state governments to implement the prohibition policy, one of the directive principles of the Constitution. Though the quantum of assistance had not been worked out, the report said the Centre would adequately compensate states for the loss in revenue.
VSSC Tests Rocket
Rohini, a single stage sounding rocket, developed at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, was successfully flight-tested from Thumba on September 26, according to an official statement. The 50-kg payload included instruments to monitor vehicle performance. Good data was recorded by ground-based telemetry, tone range and radar. The vehicle achieved an altitude of 126 km as predicted. The rocket used an improved propellant and was suitable for investigation in the D-region of the ionosphere.
Unrest In Spain
Madrid recalled five ambassadors from European capitals in a retaliatory gesture, after those countries earlier withdrew their envoys following the execution of five guerillas by General Franco’s administration. The crisis was deemed the worst Spain faced since the outbreak of the Civil War. Opposition politicians warned that Spain faced two choices if Franco held on to power: runaway violence or a military coup.
Marathi novelist V.S. Khandekar was given the Jnanpith for 1974. One of the most outstanding writers of Marathi fiction, Khandekar was born in 1898. He started writing when he was a village school teacher. He had to his credit 15 novels, 29 collections of short stories, 11 collections of personal essays and 10 works of literary criticism. Yayati, a novel written in 1959, is regarded by literary critics as one of his best works.